I don't know why I like this hotel. I have every reason NOT to like it. We're on the third floor with no elevator. The stairs are narrow. I thought it was a bit over priced. The pool area was clean but run down and there is no escape from the "splash zone". The rooms are kind of noisy. No included breakfast.
I think I like it because this place has a real "homely" feel and not a "big boxy hotel". Especially for us, we're at the tail end of a 2800 mile road trip. This is our 6th hotel and the one I like the most. Maybe its having REAL keys instead of a key card. Maybe its b/c this place is meticulously maintained like my own home. Maybe its being greeted at the front desk by someone that is not in a uniform, doesn't wear a name tag, and appears to genuinely care about her guests. Maybe its the smell of fresh coffee and a plate of cookies greeting me at the front desk. Somehow you know the difference when someone is being coerced to be nice to you and someone that is genuinely nice as the girls are to you here at Wayside. Maybe its b/c they made every effort to make sure you have a great experience at Cannon Beach including providing pool toys, towels / toys / a wagon to bring to the beach. Maybe its the wide open spaces and well lit rooms telling me they have nothing to hide. Maybe its because it left a great first impression ... as I pulled in, there was a caretaker sweeping the driveway, pulling weeds then watering the plants... the outward appearance and upkeep was impressive which gives me a clue as to how the place is managed and what I might find inside. Even the little things ... like I noticed they stripped paint off the driveway and repainted it so the parking slots are wider for folks like us road trippin' with a full sized truck.
Wayside Inn is on the sleepier south side of Cannon Beach. The mid / northern side is much busier and is fun to stroll through their tourist traps. A few miles north is Seaside which is more of a small city. Wayside Inn is not ON the water front, but it still has a great view as its across the street from the beach. Driving through Montana and Washington state ... the temperature dropped rather quickly from 27-30C inland to 20-21C when approaching Cannon Beach. Living near the coast myself, I'm guessing Cannon beach is cooler in the summer than inland, but its also warmer in the winter. This is not a great beach for swimming. The water is cold and the seas can be angry. But the seemingly endless beach and beautiful sand is a real hit with the kids. It can also be quite windy ... there was wind blowing from the north on the days we were there. On a hot August weekend, the parking lot is full but the beach is so large it appeared relatively empty. It was great to walk along the seemingly endless beach at the edge of the water knowing that you are on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
I can think of 100 reasons to NOT allow campfires on the beach, so a big thumbs up to Oregon for allowing this. This was a HUGE hit and tons of fun! There is a cute little general store (blue building) walking distance north of Wayside that sells firewood and fire-starters for a better price than "downtowm" Cannon Beach. If you don't want to bring your own firewood, don't worry ... for less than $10 you can have a nice beach campfire.
Advice: bring a jacket, beach tent, binoculars, lighter, beach toys (they supplied some but they were low on toy shovels), marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate etc...
We're so coming back to Wayside FOR SURE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A wonderful ocean-view hotel at the South end of Cannon Beach near Tolovana Park. Enjoy ocean view rooms and suites, gas fireplaces, small kitchens, flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and decks. After a day at the beach take a swim in the heated indoor pool, or a soak in the hot tub. Many dog friendly rooms available. ... more less
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